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Basketball: Liberty's defense shuts down Pilot Point
PILOT POINT -- There were times when it seemed like the basket was padlocked in the game between Pilot Point and Liberty Christian on Monday night. As the game progressed, the Warriors were able to pick apart that lock -- and the Pilot Point defense.
Behind a second quarter in which the Warriors outscored Pilot Point 13-3, Liberty Christian proved to be too much for the Bearcats to handle in a 60-28 victory on Monday in Pilot Point.
Kyle Kuykendall led the way for the Warriors with 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Kuykendall was instrumental in 13-0 run in the third quarter, which put any lingering concerns Liberty Christian had to rest.
"As long as we talk and help one another, we'll be fine on the defensive end," Liberty Christian head coach Frank Kornet said. "It's when we're not getting into spots and helping each other that we struggle. Tonight, we got to the spots, cut them off, made them kick it out and closed out on the shooters."
Kuykendall was one of four players to score at least seven points in the victory for the Warriors (9-1). Liberty Christian's bench was key in the victory, outscoring Pilot Point's by a margin of 16-6. Mason Richey had all of Pilot Point's bench points, including four in the final quarter.
"We just didn't hit a lot of shots early. Some of that's us, some of that is Liberty," Pilot Point head coach Jeff Price said. "They played a pretty good man defense on us. We shot really poor in the first half. Once you get behind a team like that, it's hard to overcome it."
Joe Honeysett and Brad Horton made significant contributions for the Warriors, chipping in with nine and eight points respectively. Honeysett scored all of his points in the final three quarters of the game.
Travis Price was the only player to score in every quarter for Pilot Point (1-3). Price and starting point guard Wes Heitzman tied for a team-high seven points in the loss.
Price and Heitzman were two of six players that scored a point in the game. Jeff Price was disappointed in the effort and said that, while it is still early in the year, the Bearcats still need to improve in every aspect of the game.
The Warriors will look to carry the momentum from Monday's into the Fort Worth Brewer Bear Classic, which tips-off on Thursday.
"We have to do all the little things," Kornet said. "We have to play hard, we have to play smart and together. If we can do those things, we have a chance to win the game. But if we don't do those things, anything can happen."
Liberty Christian 60, Pilot Point 28
Liberty Christian 11 13 22 14 -- 60
Pilot Point 6 3 8 9 -- 28
Liberty Christian (9-1) - Kyle Kuykendall 13, Eric Heidelman 11, Joe Honeysett 9, Brad Horton 8, Pres McKissack 6, Alec Conrad 4, Hunter Dansby 2, Mitch Heffington 2, Foster Ford 2,
Pilot Point (1-3) -- Wes Heitzman 7, Travis Price 7, Mason Richey 6, Logan Johnson 2, Aaron Buckingham 2, Bryce Durrett 2